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1442449691211 ca Dr. Seon-Wook Kim

Professor & Chair, Department of Philosophy, Soongsil University, Seoul,

Chair, Institute for Values and Ethics

"The Candlelight Protests, Democracy, and Christianity in Korea"

12:00-1:30 pm Thursday May 18, 2017

243 Royce Hall, UCLA 

More than 1.7 million people peacefully participated in twenty candlelight street rallies in South Korea from October 2016 to March 2017. As a result, president Geunhye Park was impeached, indicted and imprisoned, and a new president, Moon Jae-In was elected and inaugurated on May 10th. Along with the candlelight rallies, there were the so-called "Korean National Flag rallies", a kind of reactionary movement. Korean Christians were politically divided in the process. From a formalist viewpoint both rallies seem to deserve equal political value, but from a judgmental viewpoint the rallies are differentiated by their motivating political values. By experiencing these events, Korean Christians become politically enlightened, and a recent poll shows that the differentiated political views among them reflect their ages and cultural backgrounds. 070418-Vigil

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2665 0 Edward T. Chang
Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California Riverside. 
"Pachappa Camp and Korea Mission in Riverside,1905-1918"
Oct. 19, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm.        10383 Bunche Hall

Koreans who lived and worked in Riverside, CA in the early 1900s were strongly connected with the local Calvary Presbyterian Church. Official Korean immigration to the United States began on January 13 1903 when 102 Koreans came to work on sugar plantations in Hawaii. Many of those pioneering Koreans left the Hawaiian Islands for the United States mainland to find better paying jobs and living conditions. When Koreans migrated to the mainland they ended up in places like Riverside where the citrus industry was thriving. At the time, Calvary Presbyterian Church was located at 9th and Lime Streets in Riverside and welcomed members from every walk of life and of every ethnicity. (In 1936 the church moved to its current location at 4495 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside).

Many of the Korean immigrants were Christian converts and had come to the United States with the blessing of their home churches in Korea. It was logical that these Christian Koreans would seek a church they could join and seek help from. In 1905, attracted by Pachappa Camp and the Korean Labor Bureau established by Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, Koreans began to move to Riverside in large numbers. Koreans who came to Riverside presented themselves to the elders at Calvary Presbyterian Church and requested admission. The church kept detailed records of the Koreans and other ethnicities in the area in their session of minutes.

The church and its leaders and members played a vital role in assisting the growing Korean community at Pachappa Camp. The church established a mission at the camp sometime in 1905. The church provided the Korean settlement with teachers for English classes, loans and charitable donations, and guidance. Calvary Presbyterian Church is closely intertwined with the Korean American history in Riverside. Individuals including Cornelius E. Rumsey a church elder in the early 1900s and the churchs pastor helped the Koreans and Pachappa Camp adapt to life in the citrus rich community.

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20150528 151837 resized 1212 Carole Cameron Shaw
             Author of The Foreign Destruction of Korean Independence (Seoul: SNUP, 2007)
            2:00-3;30 pm, May 28, 2015            
            10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA

From 1883 to 1905, Korea maintained full diplomatic relations with the Unites States through five American presidents. Protestant missionaries were welcomed into the Chosŏn Kingdom by 1886 withfull privileges of establishing schools, hospitals, printing press facilitiesand the right to purchase private property. Missionary endeavors thrivedduring this periodalthough Japan made her first bid to seize Korea afterthe Sino-Japanese War in 1895. Queen Minof Korea, an ardent opponent of Japanese aggression, was brutally murdered in October 1895 by Japanese hands. A group of missionariesin Seoul put themselves in harm’s way and sat with the King for days,as he found himself in a dangerously unstablepolitical arena. Their motive was to lend symbolic support for the Korean crown and they were successful, although reprimanded by the American Ambassador Sill.American President Cleveland used his good offices to lend continued support for Korean sovereignty and the Japanese had to take theirarmy home.

The political landscape changed in Washington with the unexpected comingof young and militant Theodore Roosevelt to the White House. By 1904,the Japanese had built a powerful navy with foreign ships and western banksin America, London and Berlin financed the Japanese attack on the RussianNavy in Feb.  1904.  With the tacit backing of Theodore Roosevelt,the Japanese seized Korean sovereignty in 1905, through a ruse and forcedEmperor Kojong’s abdication in July of 1907. The majority of western missionaries withdrew from political involvement during this period and remainedsilent on the Japanese takeover of Korea, even as they continued to promotethe growth of the Christian church. Although they would begin to changetheir minds by 1912, as Japanese rule increased in brutality, the damagewas done to the cause of an independent and sovereign Korea and anhistorical blackout remained on this brief period for almost a 100 years.This paper will explore why the missionaries reversed their support for theKorean Crown in 1904 and by what rationale were these decisions made.

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lim 1 Paul C. H. Lim,
              Associate Professor of Religious Studies,Vanderbilt University    
              “Human Trafficking and Korean Christians”
               April 30, 2015 12:30-1:45 pm     Dodd 121

Human trafficking – particularly sex trafficking – has been a long-standing social justice issue for South Korea. While this issue is not at all unique to nor more accentuated in Korea (for it is a global pandemic), the local responses to sex trafficking has been varied. During this lecture, two contrasting responses to combat the issue of human trafficking will be analyzed: one more activistic and policy-engagement, and the other more incarnational and less engaging with policy-making or campaigning for its eradication. This talk will raise further issues of Diaspora Christianity and its influence on the way Korean Christianity is evolving.

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Anselm Kyongseok Min, Maguire Distinguished Professor of Religion,
                                Claremont Graduate University
   "Contemporary Korean Catholicism:Major Challenges and Opportunities"
                      May 8, 2014   12:30-1:45 pm, 1246 Public Affair Building

Grayson medium James H. Grayson, Emeritus Professor of Modern Korean Studies, 
                                 School of East Asian Studies, The University of Sheffield   
    “The Empire of Mt. Sion 시온산帝國:  A Korean Millennarian Group Born in a Time of Crisis.” 
                         October 24, 2013 3:30~4:45.  11360 Conference Room at the Young Reserach Library
hak_joon_lee 2.jpg - 35.97 Kb Hak Joon Lee, professor of Theology and Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary
    "Sacral Authority and Public Spirituality: Inculturation and the Crisis of Korean Protestant Christianity"
                       February 14, 2012,  3:30-4:45 pm, 164 Royce Hall 
young-chan-ro.jpg - 11.91 Kb Young Chan Ro, Professor of Religions, George Mason University
      "Korean Christianity in North America: A Challenge for the Future"                       
                         Thursday, May 12, 2o11, 2:00 -3:30 pm, 6275 Bunche Hall
kim_profile.jpg - 19.19 Kb Kim Heung Soo, Professor of Korean Church History, Mokwon University
       "The Korean War (1950-1953) and Christianity: North Korean Reactions to the Pro-American Activities of the Christian Churches"
                       Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 6275 Bunche Hall  

park_luce.jpg - 4.89 Kb Overcoming Capitalism: Protestant Christianity and Cooperative Living in Colonial Korea
                        Albert L. Park, Assistant Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College
                        February 23, 2009, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, 10383 Bunche Hall 

whizkids-lrg.jpg - 19.88 Kb God's New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus 
                         Rebecca Y. Kim, Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University
                         April 29, 2008, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 11377 Bunche Hall

                         Korean Students and the American Foreign Mission Movement, 1919-1945                    
                        Anne Soon Choi, Luce Post Doctoral Fellow, UCLA 
                         April 15, 2008, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, 11377 Bunche Hall 
choihyaeweol.jpg - 27.07 Kb Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea 
                          Hyaeweol Choi, Professor, Arizona State University
                          March 11, 2008, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, 10383 Bunche Hall 
don baker.jpg - 23.07 Kb Christianity and the Religious Revolution in Modern Korean History 
                         Don Baker, Associate Professor of Korean Religions, University of British Columbia
                         Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 243 Royce Hall
timlee.jpg - 13.12 Kb What should Christians do about a Shaman-progenitor?:
                          Evangelicals? Strategies for Dealing with Tan'gun Nativism in Korea 
                          Timothy S. Lee, Assistant Professor of History of Christianity
                                               at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
                          Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 243 Royce Hall
                           Sung-Deuk Oak, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Korean Christianity at UCLA
                           Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6275 Bunche Hall  

 tim park.jpg - 43.89 Kb Korean Christian World Mission: The Missionary Movement of the Korean Church 
                         Timothy Kiho Park, Associate Prof. of Asian Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary
                         Friday, November 17, 2006, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 10367 Bunche Hall    

20121116164825-MFMQRI Syngman Rhee and the Christian Transformation of South Korea, 1948-1960
                         Prof. Young Ick Lew, Yonsei University
                      March 14, 2006                         
Yi Nationalism and Christianity in Korea
                       Prof. Yi Mahnyol 
                       December 06, 2005